Following up on efforts to increase student exposure to outdoor adventures, Mars Hill administration announced yesterday that it will defund the cycling team in order to focus resources on creating the first ever collegiate zip line team. For those not familiar with zip lining, it consists of a wire strung between two trees that the rider glides across while hanging from a pulley. Situated on top of a hill and surrounded by trees, Mars Hill is ideally situated for zip lining.
Motivated by the success of nearby Navitat Canopy Adventures–one of the top zip lining destinations in the world with 10 zip lines up to 1,000 feet long–Mars Hill will transition its cycling team’s riders and staff to the new team. Current cyclists will keep their scholarships and will be offered the first spots on the new zip line squad. Since Mars Hill will have the only zip line team in the nation, it will have a solid chance at the national championships, which will be organized by Mars Hill and is slated for next fall during leaf season.
Starting today Navitat Canopy Adventures will begin its spring season. They’re located just 20 minutes north of Asheville. Look for the Mars Hill team zipping through the forest as they train and patiently wait for other schools to jump on the zip line bandwagon. For more info on zip lining, visit navitat.com.